Post mass global coral bleaching event and it’s not all bad news

This year saw the third mass global coral bleaching event sweep the world’s oceans. Stats, figures and reports on the loss of coral worldwide are still emerging, but needless to say there is some pretty bleak reading out there. You may call corals the canaries of the ocean, and this was a clear signal that all is not well. Here in Petite Anse our coral nursery stocked a high proportion of coral fragments in the genus Acropora, a fast-growing species which we hoped to …

The Third Coral Bleaching Event; how our corals have fared

By Annie Vidot and Georgina Beresford Coral reefs are the rainforests of the sea with a rich biodiversity providing homes for thousands of fish and other marine organisms. It also plays an important role in our country’s economy as it relies on its diverse resources; the economic value of coral reefs has been estimated at $29 billion a year. Thus the future health of coral reefs will have a large effect on the future economic resources and biodiversity of the …

El Niño and the Third Global Coral Bleaching Event: what has happened and have we reached the end of the tunnel ?

By Georgie Beresford As you may have seen in the news, corals have not been having an easy time this year. In fact for the last couple of years we have been experiencing the third global coral bleaching event, the cause of this has been a particularly strong El Niño. What is El Niño? El Niño is a global weather event, which occurs naturally every 2-7 years. It is distinguished by a shift in temperature patterns in the equatorial Pacific, …